|Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial - May 21, 2007
CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL
Fort Worth, TX
Par: 35-35—70Yards: 7,343
FedExCup Points: 25,000 Winner: 4,500
Purse: $6,000,000Winner: $1,080,000
2006 Champion: Tim Herron (268, -12)
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Notes
Last year, Tim Herron finished in second in the Putting category at two tournaments—the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the PGA Championship. He won in Fort Worth, TX, and tied for second at the PGA.
Tim Herron’s playoff victory over Richard S. Johnson a year ago brought Herron’s career playoff record to 2-1. He previously defeated Tom Lehman at the 1999 Bay Hill Invitational and would later fall to Woody Austin in extra holes at the 2004 Buick Championship.
Two-time champion Kenny Perry is the all-time leading money winner at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Perry’s total of $2,626,589 is nearly double that of Tim Herron, who sits in second on the list, with $1,346,657. Eight players have earned more than $1 million in Fort Worth.
For the fourth consecutive year, an American-born champion emerged victorious at the 2006 event (Tim Herron in 2006, Kenny Perry in 2003 and 2005 and Steve Flesch in 2004). The last time this event had four American-born winners in a row was 1985-88 (Corey Pavin, Dan Pohl, Keith Clearwater, and Lanny Wadkins).
This week, Tim Herron looks to become the first to successfully defend his title at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial since Ben Hogan did it in 1953.
Two-time Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Champion Kenny Perry will attempt to claim his third title in Fort Worth, a feat that would pair him with Ben Hogan as the only two players to win at Colonial more than twice.
The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial seems to always produce a winner who plays well on Sunday. It has been 24 years (Jim Colbert, 72, 1983) since a player shot over par and still managed to win.
Ben Crane led the 2006 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Putting by averaging 1.652 putts per greens hit in regulation. The greens at Colonial Country Club proved to be difficult as this was the fifth-highest average of all weekly leaders on TOUR in 2006.
Since the PGA TOUR began keeping statistics on Scrambling in 1992, an amazing 14 out of 15 leaders at Colonial in that category have finished in the top six for the week, with the lone exception being K.J. Choi, who tied for 17th in 2006.
Tim Herron’s 2006 victory marked the fifth straight time the third round leader/co-leader at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial went on to win the tournament.
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
- Zach Johnson’s win at the AT&T Classic last Sunday gave him three career victories—all in the state of Georgia. He won the 2004 AT&T Classic and the Masters earlier this year. The last player to collect his first three TOUR titles in the same state was John Huston who won the 1990 Honda Classic, the 1992 Disney Classic and the1994 Doral Open — all in Florida.
- More on Johnson: He’s won twice in the state of Georgia this year and will get a chance to complete the Georgia Slam later this year if he reaches THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola at Atlanta’s East Lake CC. That event is the final stop in the four-week PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
- If the field for the first PGA TOUR Playoff for the FedExCup was finalized today it would feature the winners of the last 73 PGA TOUR tournaments.
- Look out for Kenny Perry this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Not only has he won in the last two uneven numbered years, he’s also had a T2 and a T12 in his last five appearances at Colonial. He owns a piece of the course record (61) and owns the tournament scoring mark of 261, which he’s done twice. No one else has ever shot better than 264 in the history of the event that dates back to 1946.
- Stewart Cink’s double eagle last week at the AT&T Classic was the fifth albatross on TOUR this year. Since the TOUR started keeping records in 1970, only once has there been more in a season—six in the 2000 campaign.
- The 10 leading players in the current U.S. Presidents Cup team lineup are former Nationwide Tour players and of the next 15 players on the points list, 13 more played the Nationwide Tour.
- The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial has been contested 59 times since 1946 and members of the World Golf Hall of Fame have won 23 of them. Hall of Famers who have won at Colonial include Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Cary Middlecoff, Roberto De Vicenzo, Tommy Bolt, Julius Boros, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Gene Littler, Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Price and Tom Watson.
- Jim Dent (age 68) shot his age for the first time on the Champions Tour at last week’s Regions Charity Classic. Dent fired a second-round 67 en route to a T22 finish.
- Denis Watson continues to play well. The three-time PGA TOUR winner finished T3 last week for his fourth Top-10 of the season. Prior to this year, Watson had recorded three Top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour since 1988.
- Last week, Brad Bryant became the first player in the 16-year history of the Regions Charity Classic to win the event twice. In winning in back-to-back seasons, Bryant hit an amazing 97 of 108 Greens in Regulation (89.8%).
- Just a few weeks shy of his 62nd birthday, Hale Irwin continues to impress. He finished T6 last week for his sixth Top-10 finish of the season. He’s second on both the Charles Schwab Cup points list and the money list and he leads the All-Around stats category.
- Nick Flanagan enters this week’s Melwood Prince George’s County Open looking for his third consecutive victory. If he gets it, he’ll tie Jason Gore as the only players in Nationwide Tour history to have three in a row. He’ll also earn an immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR and would be the quickest to do so by a whopping margin. The record is currently held by Heath Slocum who picked up his third win on Aug. 5, 2001.
- Zach Johnson’s win last week was the 204th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR and the eighth this season.
- Ben Bates played his 1000th round on the Nationwide Tour during last Saturday’s play at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs.
- Former Nationwide Tour players hold down 42 spots among the Top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.